Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius
|Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Rowdy Herrington|
|Produced by||Kim Dawson|
|Written by||Rowdy Herrington
|Music by||James Horner|
|Edited by||Pasquale Buba|
|Distributed by||Film Foundry Releasing|
|123 minutes |
Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius is a 2004 biographical drama film based on the life of Bobby Jones, the only player in the sport to win all four of the men's major golf championships in a single season (which in that era consisted of The Amateur Championship in Britain, the U.S. Amateur, The Open Championship and the U.S. Open). The film was the first motion picture concerning the Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews that was given permission to film on location.
The scene changes to Atlanta, Georgia, where Jones, a young boy, observes his father "Colonel" Jones playing golf, poorly. The more young Bobby watches, the more he emulates the better players he sees, such as Stewart Maiden, a club professional originally from Scotland. By the time he is 14, Bobby is good enough to reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur tournament.
As sportswriters of the era such as O.B. Keeler and Grantland Rice take a keen interest in him, Bobby wins the state amateur championship at 16 and the U.S. Open itself at 18, even defeating the greatest golfer of that time, the colorful Walter Hagen. He also attends Georgia Tech, where he receives a diploma and meets Mary Malone, whom he ultimately marries.
Bobby has a hot temper that affects his game and reputation. His first time at St. Andrews, in 1921, Bobby walks off the course after 11 holes of the third round, expressing his dislike for the course. His idol Harry Vardon, who would win The Open Championship six times during his career, cautions Bobby never to quit, particularly at St. Andrews, which he considers the greatest golf course of all.
Before long, Bobby is a great success, winning four major tournaments in one year. But by 1930, he has lost interest in playing golf. He becomes a lawyer instead and retires from the sport at age 28. Bobby continues to influence the game in other ways, however, designing courses, also becoming one of the founders of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament.
- Jim Caviezel – Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones, Jr.
- Claire Forlani – Mary Malone Jones
- Jeremy Northam – Walter Hagen
- Malcolm McDowell – O.B. Keeler
- Aidan Quinn – Harry Vardon
- Brett Rice – Big Bob Jones
- Connie Ray – Clara Jones
- Dan Albright – Grandfather Jones
- Paul Freeman – Angus
- Alistair Begg – Stewart Maiden
- Hilton McRae – Jimmy Maiden
- Elizabeth Omilami – Camilla
- Brian F. Durkin – Perry Adair
- John Shepherd – Bob Woodruff
- Happy Lashelle – Nell Woodruff
- Allen O'Reilly – Grantland Rice
Box office performance
The film received negative reviews with a 25% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. On Metacritic, which uses an average of critics' reviews, the film has a 45/100 rating, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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- Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius at Box Office Mojo
- "Golf Channel sues local film company for $300K". 2005-04-04.
- Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius at Rotten Tomatoes
- Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius at Metacritic
- Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius at the Internet Movie Database
- Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius at AllMovie